Jackson Excited To Be A Yellow Jacket

Standing 6' ½" and 230 lbs, Union Grove LB Kyle Jackson is Georgia Tech's third commitment in the past week. Jackson committed on the spot when Coach Chan Gailey offered him a scholarship Saturday afternoon. Before his visit to Tech, he stated he had been in regular contact with Giff Smith and Brian Jean-Mary.

Standing 6' ½" and 230 lbs, Union Grove LB Kyle Jackson is Georgia Tech's third commitment in the past week. Jackson committed on the spot when Coach Chan Gailey offered him a scholarship Saturday afternoon. Before his visit to Tech, he stated he had been in regular contact with Giff Smith and Brian Jean-Mary. Jackson had lunch with Coach Gailey, and then took a campus tour later in the afternoon with fellow recruit Nick Claytor. "I've talked to a couple players so far today," he commented, and excitedly added, "I'm about to be Georgia Tech's newest recruiting coordinator."

Before committing to Georgia Tech, Kyle was being recruited by Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Stanford, Mississippi State, and Wake Forest. Georgia Tech's camp held on June 10 was the only one the rising senior attended this summer and the only one he felt he needed to.

When asked what made Georgia Tech stand out among all the schools that were recruiting him Jackson said, "Mainly I chose Tech because 1) I'm looking for a school that can support me academically; obviously Tech can do that, 2) I want a school that will let me compete on the national level, and with 9 straight bowl games and Tech being on the rise, I've got a chance to win the ACC four years in a row, and 3) I've met some of the players and I feel good about the staff, so I feel like I'm going to have a good college life for the next four years of my life."

Academically, Jackson hasn't firmly chosen his major yet, but seems just as ambitious off the field as he is on the gridiron. "I'm undeclared right now, but I'm leaning toward biomedical engineering."

The Yellow Jackets' deep tradition in football is also very appealing to Kyle, especially the fact that Georgia Tech is one of only six schools to play in nine consecutive bowl games. "I don't see how it couldn't impress you. I mean, I like it, definitely, but I'm looking to turn 9 straight bowls into four straight ACC Championships hopefully."

Winning four straight ACC Championships is a lofty goal, but a goal that Kyle feels he can help the Yellow Jackets achieve with what he brings to the field, "I've got good hand strength; I get off blocks well. I may not do it with the best technique but college coaches will help with that. At the same time I'm a very knowledgeable player – I can see holes in the field well, so I can blitz well to the backfield."

Last season, Jackson recorded 110 tackles, 28 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 INTs, 7 forced fumbles, recovering four. Jackson and his Union Grove teammates ended their season with a 9-3 record, losing in the 2nd round of the Georgia state playoffs. With the Wolverines, "I played inside and outside linebacker and I played some fullback too and a little bit of tight end when we ran third packages."

Despite his dominant junior season, Kyle knows he can always improve his game, "I need to work more on techniques to get off blocks instead of just letting them get into my chest and push a lot. At the same time you can always work on speed and strength – when it comes to that, you can always get better at it."

When asked to discuss his favorite NFL player, the hard-nosed defender states, "A lot of people would think I'm odd, but I like Jeremiah Trotter. He's not one of the best known, but he's one of those linebackers that came out of the rough. He made a name for himself through scrapping hard and being relentless; I like that about him. He's not your ordinary type linebacker; he's got a nasty attitude and he likes to bring it to you when he sees you."

Displaying the work ethic that made Jeremiah Trotter a Pro-Bowl MLB, Kyle is looking forward to making a name for himself on the football field as well as being a standout in the classroom. With his positive attitude and great character, those are two goals he should have no problem reaching.


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